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Thoughts on writing, reading and life...

  • August 11, 2019
    Tenacious and persistent—these are our stories. Two current exhibits, one in Jamestown, Virginia, and the other in Washington, D.C., underscore women’s role women in changing the course of American...
  • May 20, 2019
    Social justice has long been at the heart of many of the subjects I write about. This spring, together with the Pulitzer Center team, I worked to select the next class of student fellows, many of...
  • May 4, 2019
    Reading from "The Rocket Book" at the Library of Congress: What happens when a rocket crashes through every floor of a 21-story apartment building surprising tenants at opportune (and inopportune)...
  • February 22, 2019
    Ruby Bridges, the first African American to attend an all-white school in Louisiana, told President Obama, “We all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us.”
  • August 3, 2018
    “Where can I be safe?” A 12-year old asks at the August 1 launch of “Losing Earth,” The New York Times Magazine cover story on the consequences of climate change.
  • July 18, 2018
    Today marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. On a trip to Oslo I visited the Nobel Peace Center, a museum that celebrates the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, among them Mandela, the...
  • May 29, 2018
    Jon and I have been part of a book club since Ted and Anne Gleason, who are no longer with us, started the group—they called us the Oracles. Each year we pick a theme—at the end of the season we...
  • May 3, 2018
    “John Stoner was lynched in Doss, Louisiana, in 1909 for suing the white man who killed his cow.” “William Donegal was lynched in Springfield, Illinois, in 1908 for having a white wife.”
  • March 8, 2018
    This morning, on International Women's Day, I am thinking of the several remarkable women about whom I have written: Lucretia Mott, Anne Frank, Abigail Adams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, and...
  • January 20, 2018
    Jon’s mother died on Tuesday. She was a pioneer for social justice, an anti-war activist, and a gardener, botanist and herbalist (she could wax eloquent any day about a humming bird or praying mantis...